It has become one of the basic features of this generation – breaking traditions and demanding change. Now this has been most evident in the social activism movements that have swept away multiple laws across the globe, changing practices and habits. However, as this generation is entering adulthood and earning increasing incomes day after day, industries are beginning to fear the dreadful and merciless Millennials’ verdicts on their products.
With the Polar caps melting and unidentifiable, haunting, and curious sounds emerging in the Polar region, even wildlife and marine life are being driven away. Researchers, hunters, and fisher people have confirmed this reality. Many cities in the developing world are becoming unliveable due to pollution. Not just early morning smog but soot-filled air all through the day and night in many cities has already driven away birds. Humans are wearing masks just to be able to breathe somewhat purified air, above all in the highly populated and industrialized cities of India and China.
Being described and depicted as the Me, me, me generation, the most narcissistic generation ever or the generation that is the most addicted to social media, one would assume that Generation Millennials are experiencing a strong measure of happiness and personal satisfaction. However, recently published surveys have proven that this is the most fragile generation yet, and that anxiety is something that a big percentage of youth today are dealing with on a daily basis. One must ask why?
They say every time has its illness. And if we scan through the history books we can truly see that. We all know about the black plague in the medieval period, malaria, smallpox, cholera, and the most recent HIV/AIDS outbreak. The time has come to identify and face the illness of the Millennials, and for this health threat there is no vaccine that can help out, at least not yet.
Do parents ask their children for permission to publish their photos on social networks? Usually not. Do children get annoyed by unauthorized violations of their privacy? Usually yes. Austrian media reported last month that an Austrian girl is taking her parents to court for posting photographs from her childhood without first gaining her consent. And she is just one out of many teenagers who don't want their lives to be displayed by their parents on the Internet.
This great movement started in the late 18th century and continued into the first half of the 19th. We can say that with it affected not only literature, but also other arts such as music and painting. Created as an opposition to classicism, Romanticism gave birth to the world of human feelings. Everything before that had been essential, now became irrelevant. This provided stimulus for new, fresh ideas. Ancient times and ancient art were no longer seen as perfect examples. A new epoch in human thinking began, an epoch which marked a true rebirth, a new path, which led to a new dimension. It didn’t last too long, but Romanticism left behind much to remember.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new interactive map that shows country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impacts. This latest map shows all danger spots, and we learn from it that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. This interactive map is based partly on collaboration with the UK’s University of Bath, and it is the most detailed presentation made available up to this date.
Being young entails a lot more responsibility than most people think. With so many issues facing the world today, there are constant pressures on us not only to voice our opinions, but to act on them. We don’t do this the way people before us did; we have found a more creative and personal way to communicate our experiences during times of crisis. So, can our 140 characters really save the world?
As reported by Time Magazine, Millennial parents number more than 22 million in the U.S., with about 9,000 babies born to them each day. This growing cohort of parents is digitally native, ethnically diverse, are late to marry and less bound by traditional gender roles than the generations before it.
Sleepless nights have become an increasingly frequent way of handling an extraordinary workload while maintaining a social life. The extreme proponents of this approach sleep only 4 hours a night. How and with what consequences?